Artichoke extract is made from the leaf of the artichoke, also called Cynara scolymus, and is considered an herbal remedy. It has a wide spectrum of health benefits from the digestive system to the vascular system. Artichoke extract is available in a pill form and a liquid form. Before taking any supplement, consult with your health-care provider to ensure its safety.
Drinking artichoke extract may decrease cholesterol levels, according to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. A study using artichoke leaf extract was given to a group of patients who had a diagnosis of elevated cholesterol. The group that took the herbal remedy showed lower results in its total cholesterol levels. Some showed a drop in the triglycerides. This is the component of cholesterol that travels in the blood stream with the potential of sticking to arterial walls, causing occlusion. There was little or no difference in the high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. This is the “good” cholesterol that clears out the triglycerides in the blood. The “bad” cholesterol known as low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, did not show changes in this group.